The Netzl farm is located in the village Göttlesbrunn in the Austrian wine region of Carnuntum and has history going back to 1860. The farm spent many years as small multi-use farm, the shift-of-focus to grape growing happened in the 1980s when Franz and Christine Netzl took over the farm from Franz's father. Currently the farm consists of 69 acres most of which are devoted to grape growing. In 2007 Franz and Christine's daughter Christina finished her studies in International Wine Management and Marketing and began to work with her parents at the winery. The Netzl philosophy has always been to work in unison with nature and preserve the health of the soils for future generations and with Christina's influence a soft change to organics began in 2010 and beginning with the 2018 vintage the organic certification process was started.
While red wines and specifically zweigelt make up the majority of the Netzl vineyards, visitors are consistently taken with their white wines as well. The climate in the Carnuntum during the growing season is typically warm and dry in the late summer and fall. This combined with cooler nights and frequently steady winds enhances the Netzls ability to make both red and white wines that show freshness, spice, structure and complexity both aromatically and on the pallet. The Danube River to the north creates the cooling effect while the Pannonian Lowlands and Lake Neusiedl to the southeast help to keep the late summer and early fall days warmer. The soils in the Netzl vineyards range from loess to gravel as well as bits of clay – these differences are taken into consideration during the planting. Accordingly the spicy and fruity white wines grow on the poor gravel and the powerful and rich reds on the more nutritious soils.
The Carnuntum region has a rich and interesting history that can be experienced at the Carnuntum Archaeology Park. The regional symbol is the Roman Heidentor which was unearthed at the archaeology park and dates back to the period of roughly 6-433AD when the Carnuntum was the most important Roman town on the upper Danube.
Latest wine scores in International Magazines:
2017 Zweigelt Classic Carnuntum - Wine Enthusiast 90 points
2017 Carnuntum Cuvee Classic - Wine Enthusiast 91 points, Wine & Spirits 90 points
2016 Carnuntum Cuvee Classic - Wine Enthusiast 91 points
2017 Rubin Carnuntum Zweigelt - Wine Enthusiast 91 points
2016 Anna-Christina Ried Bärnreiser Carnuntum - Wine Enthusiast 94 points, Wine & Spirits 92 points